Childress To Drive Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at The Brickyard
Camaro ZL1 Pace Car
NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Richard Childress will drive the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to the start of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season as one of NASCAR's most legendary and winning teams. RCR has accumulated 15 championships and more than 200 victories across NASCAR's top three series, including three victories in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard (1995, 2003, 2011) and three Daytona 500 wins (1998, 2007, 2018). RCR was the first organization in NASCAR history to win championships across all three national touring series.
Video: Porsche Taycan sets 4-door EV record at Nurburgring Nordschleife
We're just over one week away from the Porsche Taycan's full reveal, but ahead of time, the German marque decided to share some additional news: the electric sedan has set a new lap record.
Not just any lap record, but a lap record for the quickest four-door electric car around the 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife. With a lap time of 7:42, the Taycan didn't come close to the top of the leader board overall, but it held its own. The clocked time makes it just a smidge slower than a C6-generation Corvette ZR1 and ties the 997-generation Porsche 911 GT3. Those aren't exactly slow cars.
Today ESPN The Magazine announced this year’s roster of athletes who will be featured in the 11th Annual BODY Issue, which hits newsstands September 6. Created in celebration of the athletic form, ESPN The Magazine’s BODY Issue has featured athletes of all shapes and size, representing numerous sports. The official gallery, including photos and athlete story pages, will go live on espn.com on Wednesday, September 4.
TAG Heuer becomes Title and Timing Partner of the Porsche Formula E Team
Porsche und TAG Heuer join forces again (from left to right): Detlev von Platen, Stephane Bianchi, Fritz Enzinger, Frederic Arnault, Michael Steiner
TAG Heuer and Porsche enter a long-term agreement for their Formula E engagement, as the Swiss luxury watchmaker becomes Title and Timing Partner. The Porsche works entry into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/2020 will be under the name of TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.
Both brands can look back on many shared achievements throughout their history of involvement in motor racing. For Porsche, a noteworthy highlight is the “TAG-Turbo made by Porsche” which powered Formula 1 cars in the 1980s and won two Constructors’ Championships (1984 & 1985) and three Drivers’ Championships (1984-1986). The Swiss watchmaker, Heuer, was already involved in motorsports in the 1970s, teaming up with Jo Siffert who drove for Porsche from 1966 to 1971 and won a number of endurance races, as well as contributing to Porsche’s victory in the 1969 in the World Sportscar Championships. In the 1990s, TAG Heuer became a sponsor of the Porsche Supercup and still continues its role as partner for several Porsche Cups today. Building on previous successes, Porsche and TAG Heuer are now accelerating toward new frontiers with their engagement in Formula E, the world’s first electric street racing series soon starting its sixth season.
Rene Rast became the winner of the 500th DTM race, after Audi dominated the weekend at the Lausitzring.
Just a day after his retirement from Saturday’s opening race, the Audi driver struck back in today’s celebratory event to claw back points against his chief title rival fellow Audi driver Nico Muller (SUI).
Rast (GER) won from Muller, who had taken full advantage of Rast’s mishap on Saturday to win the weekend’s first race.
VW Recalls 679,000 U.S. Vehicles Over Rollaway Risk
On Friday, Volkswagen Group announced the recall of 679,000 U.S. vehicles that could roll away due to an electrical problem. Apparently, silicate buildup can accumulate on the shift lever micro switch and trick the car into thinking the vehicle is in park.
As a result, some customers might be able to remove their key before the car has actually been made stationary -- creating problems among the highly inattentive.
IndyCar: St. Louis Race Highlights The #Bommarito500 came down to a thrilling finish as Takuma Sato and Ed Carpenter finished 0.0399 seconds apart as Alexander Rossi saw his title hopes fade due to poor pit strategy. Comment
With another sensational drive for a rookie, Santino Ferrucci is now ahead of Felix Rosenqvist in the rookie point standings 326 to 324
Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci had his best NTT IndyCar Series race weekend so far this season at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday night, once again matching his best finish of the season with a fourth place in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, after leading 97 laps of the 248-lap event.
After starting sixth, the driver of the #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda moved up to fourth at the start and gained one more position following a Lap 7 restart to take over third place.
Ferrucci remained in third for most of his first stint and entered pit lane on Lap 53 after taking over the lead one lap earlier. Once pit stops had cycled through, following another caution period, the 21-year-old was sitting second behind James Hinchcliffe when the race resumed on Lap 70.
Kirkwood Storms to the Front in Indy Pro 2000 Thriller
The two leading contenders currently in the battle for the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires crown started on opposite ends of the grid for this afternoon’s Cooper Tires Oval Challenge of St. Louis at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway but it was Kyle Kirkwood who emerged victorious following a nail-biting 55-lap race.
Sweden’s Rasmus Lindh of Juncos Racing captured his fourth pole position of the season, setting a new qualifying track record at the 1.25-mile oval in the process, while Kirkwood of RP Motorsport USA saw his qualifying run disqualified due to a technical infraction and was slotted to the back of the grid. DEForce Racing’s Kory Enders posted his best qualifying effort to date to start alongside Lindh on the front row.
It is a beautiful afternoon at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Race fans are already in the stands watching the other events that precede the 7:45 pm local time IndyCar race. There will no warmup before the race since the IndyCar teams had extra time in the late practice session yesterday.
The final practice session last night had one incident involving Charlie Kimball, driving the number 23 ripKurrent for Carlin, tapped the wall in turn 4. The yellow came late in the session and caused the checkered flag to fly 4 minutes early because cleanup would take too long.
Oliver Askew Takes the Checkered Flag for the Seventh Time in 2019
Oliver Askew wins going away
The second and final oval race of the 2019 Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season saw Oliver Askew of Andretti Autosport extend his winning streak to seven – and fourth in a row – this afternoon at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway after a dominant run which saw the 22-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., cross the finish line 6.7 seconds over the field.
Askew added an exclamation point by posting the fastest lap of the race on Lap 73 of the 75-lap contest.
Francis takes Trans Am Points Lead with Third Victory
Ernie Francis Jr. grabs lead at start
The 2019 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli championship took a dramatic turn in the series’ 47th visit to Road America in Saturday’s Ryan Companies 100.
Ernie Francis Jr. scored his third victory of the season and captured the TA class championship lead in the No. 98 Breathless Racing Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang. Boris Said came home second, while Cliff Ebben completed the podium, with the Wisconsin driver of the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/Machavern Group/Lamers Racing Ford Mustang prevailing in a spirited late-race battle with Amy Ruman in the No. 23 McNichols Co. Chevrolet Corvette.
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver Nico Muller scored a vital race victory in his DTM title challenge, decimating the points deficit to Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s Rene Rast who retired early on at the Lausitzring in eastern Germany.
Muller scored only his second victory of the season and was joined on the podium by Abt Sportsline teammate Robin Frijns and Audi Sport Team Phoenix’s Mike Rockenfeller.
Andretti Autosport's Oliver Askew kept the momentum rolling by winning the pole in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires on Friday night at World Wide Technology Raceway.
The driver of the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Dallara IL-15 put down a flying two-lap run 159.918 mph (28.25065 seconds), which bettered Rinus VeeKay (No. 21 Juncos Racing) by a solid 0.2223 of a second.
In turn, the result marks the seventh pole of the season for Askew after also pacing practice earlier in the day.
NTT IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal was excited to bring hockey star Colton Parayko closer to the racing action this weekend, but the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver said Parayko has plenty of experience with the sport.
The member of the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues used to attend Indy car races in Edmonton - he's from Alberta - and attended his first Indianapolis 500 five years ago. He also has watched races in Toronto and here at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway over the years.
Defending Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin has a chance to equal the great Craig Lowndes season record of 16 race wins tomorrow after claiming an historic win at the OTR SuperSprint this afternoon.
The Shell V-Power Mustang ace started from second but got the jump on pole position winner Chaz Mostert to lead from start to finish on the winding South Australian track this afternoon. McLaughlin then kept his cool in tough cool conditions to claim his 15th win of 2019.
Suited & Booted - Manufacturing Max Verstappen's Race Suit
Mobil 1 The Grid heads to Italy to meet ‘The Tailor of Turin’. Maurizio Sicco has been making race suits for Formula 1’s top drivers for many decades.
In the race to save weight and improve safety, the fabrication of race apparel is a key battleground. We see the manufacture of Max Verstappen’s race suit and discuss the changes in the technology over the last 20 years.
IndyCar Series: St. Louis Qualifying Highlights The #Bommarito500 weekend kicked into gear at World Wide Technology Raceway as Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden battled for the NTT P1 Award. Comment
Conor Daly, driving for his job in 2020, turned the fastest lap in final practice for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 IndyCar race at Gateway in his Carlin Chevy.
Polesitter Josef Newgarden was 2nd quick in his #2 Penske Chevy but suffered a misfire in his engine toward the end of the session and his crew scrambled to get it fixed. Time ran out in the session and they never got back out to see if the issue is fixed.
Charlie Kimball's crash ended the session with about 8 minutes to go. Charlie is cleared to drive. The car suffered damage to the front right, the right rear and the undertray -- which should be fixed long before race time.
Quartararo nips Marquez in opening Silverstone practice
Rookie sensation Fabio Quartararo put his Yamaha on top in opening practice for the British GP MotoGP race at Silverstone, once again embarrassing the two factory Yamaha riders - Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi who were 3rd and 4th quick.
Marc Marquez made the most of a newly resurfaced Silverstone to go under the old lap record while his teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who Marquez has destroyed mentally, returned to riding the Repsol Honda Team RC213V for the first time since Assen and was dead last.
Rookies Ferrucci and Ericsson 1-2 in opening practice
Santino Ferrucci and team owner Dale Coyne are happy with the results
IndyCar rookies Santino Ferrucci and Marcus Ericsson, both with road course backgrounds, put their Hondas on top in opening practice Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway.
Ferrucci in the Dale Coyne Racing Honda was quickest at 184.804mph while Ericsson was right behind at 184.527mph.
Ferrucci topped the speed chart in this practice session for this 248-lap race around the four-turn, 1.25-mile (2.012-kilometer) World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway oval in Madison, Illinois by recording a top lap time of 24.3501 seconds in his #19 Honda.
The Ganassi Honda of Scott Dixon was third quick 1t 184.433mph while Josef Newgarden put his Penske Chevy 4th quick at 184.348mph.
Henry Repeating Arms Becomes Title Sponsor for 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Race at Road America
Road America and Henry Repeating Arms have reached an agreement naming Henry Repeating Arms as the title sponsor of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at America's National Park of Speed. The event will be called the Henry 180, held August 8, 2020, on the world-renowned 4-mile, 14-turn road course.
"We are very pleased to announce this new entitlement and we are proud to be associated with a local company as involved and committed to both racing and Road America as Henry Repeating Arms," said Mike Kertscher, President and General Manager of Road America. "America's National Park of Speed has quickly become a premier destination for fans and families the world over and we look forward to entertaining Henry Repeating Arms' fans and employees here at Road America."
Good afternoon from WWT Raceway, formerly called Gateway Motorsports Park, in Madison, IL. This will be a Saturday night race and so the times for practice and qualifying are moved back to the afternoon and early evening. The weather is predicted to be much better than last weekend, No rain, high 70s for temperatures. And Saturday night's temps will be in the high 60s.
Grand Aerial Performance to Start the Running of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500
Starting on Friday, August 23, 2019, the third annual NTT IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline is a weekend-long event featuring two days packed with non-stop action and family fun at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Whether you’re a racing fan or enjoy having a good time, there is something for everyone during this racing weekend.
On Saturday, August 24, 2019, Team Fastrax™ will wow the spectators with their fan-favorite flag demonstration jump as part of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 pre-race show. The skydivers will jump in with a 2,000 sq. ft. American flag. Their performance is quite the sight to behold.
Given the low attendance, high risk, and history of failed oval track events, anyone who says IndyCar should add more ovals to their calendar clearly have their head up where the sun doesn't shine
OPINION PIECE: We understand that IndyCar has a legacy of staging races on Superspeedways like Indy, Michigan, Fontana, Pocono, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Chicagoland, etc. But all have a long history of death and destruction for IndyCar.
IndyCar is a death trap on superspeedways. It’s a miracle that nobody was seriously injured in that lap 1 incident last Sunday at Pocono - unlike last year, when Robert Wickens was left paralyzed after a bad wreck at Pocono.
Anybody who seriously goes, “It’s not Pocono’s fault, those wrecks could have happened anywhere” needs to look in the mirror when they say it. If that’s the case, why does Las Vegas Motor Speedway not host an IndyCar race anymore? “Oh, just one person died” sounds better than, “Oh, just one person died and another one was paralyzed a couple of years afterward.”
And as obviously dangerous IndyCar is on high speed ovals, it is obvious road courses are far safer for IndyCars. If IndyCar wants a race in the northeast why not return to Watkins Glen International and promote the race correctly for once?
Porsche unveils the interior of Taycan electric car
Front dash wide angle view
Porsche has unveiled the front seat interior of the Taycan electric car ahead of the vehicle’s unveiling planned for September 4th.
With the announcement that Porsche partnered with Apple to offer Apple Music streaming directly inside the electric car earlier this week, the German automaker released the first official picture of the interior of the Taycan.
If felt like a teaser ahead of the unveiling of the production version of the Taycan on September 4, but now Porsche is going a step further and almost releasing the entire interior of the car.
Scott McLaughlin untouchable in his Penske Mustang
Scott McLaughlin set a new practice lap record at The Bend as he ended Friday practice over half-a-second ahead of his nearest rival.
The other story of the day was wildcard Thomas Randle, who in his first ever Supercars session was quickest on track before showing it was no fluke, with a top ten finish in the final session of the day.
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